Without ReGarde (Dry Hopped Sour Ale)

Without ReGarde was Good Nature’s 4th Anniversary Ale, and is a brew that is as large and magnificent as the celebration indicates. The beer pours with a orange-brown coloration and a small amount of light brown head that laces down the glass. One is immediately presented with a good amount of bitterness owing to the hop presence; the brewery uses a bit over two pounds of hops during the dry hopping process that gives Without ReGarde its sharpness. Good Nature is able to jazz up this Biere de Garde with a bit of Lactobacillus through a kettle souring process. Continue reading “Without ReGarde (Dry Hopped Sour Ale)”

Festa Imperiale Oatmeal Stout (Second Chance)

Second Chance from San Diego has just reached their first anniversary, and in celebration of that day they have released Festa Imperiale, a bourbon barrel-aged oatmeal Stout that is pegged at 9%. The beer itself pours with a dark brown coloration and a fair amount of tannish head. There are good amounts of brown sugar and vanilla that immediately present themselves in Festa Imperiale while the time that the beer spends in bourbon barrels moderates a decent amount all the alcohol burn that is typically presents in brews like these. There is substantial cohesion in Festa Imperiale meaning that as the beer continues to reach room temperature, the strength of the flavors initially present grow and become more dense. The beer itself would do well when paired with strongly flavored cuisine including Indian and Asian Fare. Continue reading “Festa Imperiale Oatmeal Stout (Second Chance)”

Night Jump Imperial Stout (Aviator Brewing)

It seems like the period beginning from October to February / March is the peak time for imperial stouts. North Carolina’s Aviator Brewing has created their Night Jump, an Imperial Stout that has been aged in Smooth Ambler barrels along with cocoa nibs; each of the flavors experienced with it is bold, brash and dense. The beer pours with a nearly black color and a bit of tannish head. Bits of malts, dark chocolate and whiskey burn can all be discerned from one first sip. Continue reading “Night Jump Imperial Stout (Aviator Brewing)”

Champion Ground (Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout)

Champion Ground is a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, brewed with coffee, by Athens, Ohio’s Jackie O’s. Light amount of coffee flavor. The lacing on the glass is light tan to very moderate brown. The overall nose of Champion Ground has a good amount of coffee that is mingled with brown sugar and toasted malt elements. Perhaps most surprising about Champion Ground is how little of a head the stout pours with; this is one dark and gnarly brew. The time spent in bourbon barrels does Champion Ground well, as the bite imbued by the barrels moderates some of the sweeter elements that present themselves in stouts.  Continue reading “Champion Ground (Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout)”

Switchback Ale (Switchback Brewing)

The titular effort from Burlington Vermont’s Switchback pours with a hazy dark yellow/orange coloration. There is a fair amount of offwhite head that sticks around for a while. A little bit of malt on the initial nose of the beer. Toasted malts, grains, and a smaller amount of bitterness come up next. As one continues along with Switchback, the beer shifts to allow for more in the way of sweeter elements to enter. There is a more thirst-quenching side to Switchback, making it an eminently drinkable beer when paired alongside pizza, burgers, or even more assertive (German, Italian) cuisine. Continue reading “Switchback Ale (Switchback Brewing)”

Tricerahops Double IPA (Ninkasi)

Ninkasi’s Tricerahops, a dry-hopped double IPA pours with an amber coloration and a bit of lacing. A bit of sweet note on the edge, much more of a West Coast IPA with bold flavors of pine and floral elements that immediately present themselves when one opens the 22-ounce bottle.  Continue reading “Tricerahops Double IPA (Ninkasi)”

Apricot Sour (Perrin)

Perrin released two new offerings to their sour series, an Apricot Sour and an Amber Saison Sour. After a few months aging in their bottle,w e decided to crack open a bottle of their Apricot Sour. The beer pours with a dark orange coloration and a fair amount of white head that reluctantly dissipates. With the initial and early sips, imbibers will be impressed with the good amount of wheat notes that are presented. This wheat backdrop gives ample highlighting to more acetic, sour and tart notes.  This Apricot Sour has spent 9 months in oak barrels and given its tart lease on life through the inclusion of brett and lactobacillus; the presence of apricots to the mix adds further depth and nuance to the efforts. Continue reading “Apricot Sour (Perrin)”